Posts Tagged ‘addiction recovery’

Bibliotherapy (of Sorts) From Tom Sawyer

Ted Alston, SMART Recovery Volunteer Meeting Facilitator Recovery groups tend to recite quips. For instance, “It’s easy to quit. I’ve done it lots of times.” Mark Twain may have said this of smoking, but the occasion is obscure1,2. Whether or not that one is his, Twain (1835-1910) was a keen observer of humanity. Accordingly, he [...]

Webinar: How to Overcome Addictions in One Lesson

April 12, 2014, 12:00 noon (edt) Dr. Michael R. Edelstein, author of Three Minute Therapy will present “How to Overcome Addictions in One Lesson” on Saturday, April 12 2014 at 12:00 noon edt. This webinar is designed to be helpful for any harmful behavior – drugs, gambling, eating disorders, smoking, self-harm — substance-related or not. [...]

Slipping off the Path of Addiction Recovery

Anatomy of a Relapse ~Josh King, PsyD, Center for Motivation and Change Relapses (and lapses and slips, whatever you want to call a return to old behavior) are frustrating events. Sometimes it feels like you’re (finally!) on the path you want to be on, and then, out of the blue, you fall off of that [...]

Rewiring Your Brain

Addiction recovery and your brain “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost . Imagine that you are standing at the edge of a dense forest. You want to go home, which is on the other side to the [...]

5 Alternatives to 12-step Meetings

Multiple Options for Addiction Recovery In the 1730s Native Americans organized the first abstinence-based recovery circles. Since that time, a variety of groups have come and gone, but the efficacy of self-help meetings for addiction recovery has been well researched and proven to be effective in many ways. In the 20th century the most well [...]

Why Abstinence?

Ten Good Mental Health Reasons Not to Drink Alcohol Consuming alcohol may make matters more difficult for people suffering from mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and impulse control disorders. Even having a couple of drinks a day carries consequences that affect brain and body functioning, leaving a negative impact on mental well-being. Sometimes, people [...]

Three and a Half Years!

Personal Success “Gentoo” – SMART Recovery Online Meeting Facilitator “I got myself into this, and I wanted concrete, practical, science-based, proven information about how I could get myself out – and for good.” I just celebrated 3.5 years as a non-drinker with SMART Recovery peer support, particularly SMART Recovery Online. I drank heavily for decades. [...]

Shattering Myths Surrounding Teen Drug Use

National Drug Facts Week, January 27 – February 2, 2014 By joining forces and bringing young adults and scientific experts together with a common goal, National Drug Facts Week aims to shatter the myths that surround teen drug use and underage drinking, and provides an invaluable opportunity for youth to find out the true facts.  [...]

“Powerless No Longer”

Powerless No Longer, by Pete Soderman Reviewed by Bill Abbott, SMART Recovery Facilitator Pete Soderman, a SMART facilitator now living in Mexico, has written an excellent book that is of considerable interest to us all. The topic of recovery is a crowded field, but this book is a story of SMART Recovery, pure and simple. [...]

A Not So Perfect High

Playing the tape to the end Listen to the audio version I’m walking down the same street I’ve walked down hundreds of times before. Nothing’s changed. It’s the same street. Same stores. Same liquor store, one that has never interested me before because it’s filled with things I can’t have, or rather, let’s say, things [...]

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